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Alexander the Great


Published August 4, 2007


Alexander the Great was one of the most successful military commanders in history, and was undefeated in battle. By the time of his death, he had conquered most of the world known to the ancient Greeks.

Alexander the Great is one of many biographies aimed at young people written by Jacob Abbott and his brother. The biographies are written in such a way that makes them appealing and easily accessible to everyone. - Written by Wikipedia and Lizzie Driver



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Reviewer: sittingnut - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 12, 2015
Subject: excellently read
and a good accessible biography.

btw its rather foolish to use wikipedia to check facts, as one of the reviewers here claims to have done. instead if checking is needed, it should be done through more reliable and original sources than wikipedia.

on the whole, this biography sticks to ancient biographies by Plutarch, Appian, etc. furthermore what the reviewer calls 'inserted' 'morality' are also in those biographies, so are not inserted by author of this one.
Reviewer: jshfc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 10, 2010
Subject: Interesting Biography
I found this book to be an interesting overview of Alexander the Great. It made me curious to learn more from other resources.

The reader was very clear and easy to listen too.
Reviewer: Dean Hill - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 17, 2010
Subject: Nice biography
Not knowing much about Alexander the Great, I thought this was a great summary of his life. The author definitely inserts his own assesments of morality (which I agreed with). The author describes Alexander's strong sense of morality as a youth and how he is corrupted by power and decadence at the end of his life.

To get more details, I often consulted Wikipedia while listening to this book. This was useful because modern research has updated some of the book's details. For example, the book says there were 500,000 to a million Persians at the Battle of Gaugamela. Wikipedia says modern estimates put the Persians at 53,000-93,000. Even with the reduced estimates, I think Alexander's victory is impressive.
Reviewer: ronzed - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 15, 2009
Subject: alexander the great
not too full of dates and names, excellent, listenable and concise background for those not wanting to become historians
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